Creating the most viewed Portuguese Surf clip in 2015 was beyond our belief, “The Flying Machine” summed up 157,000 views in just 3 months and was featured around the world on the most important Surf Editorials and General Media. We’re still stoked!
Amongst other projects, we’ve been working closely with our friend and professional surfer Pedro Boonman during 2015, Pedro is the right guy for testing and experimentation when our goal is to break the limits of what you can and cannot do with a drone flying (not far) above water. Most of our footage with Boonman is still in the vault, but we’re really proud of the video we released with him last month.
“That Day in Naza” was a 24 hour exclusive launch with Surfer Magazine, the oldest and most respected surf publication worldwide. After that, the clip went viral and created a lot of buzz, reaching an astonishing 53,000 views in just one month and putting “another kind” of Nazaré on the map. We submitted a short version to MagicSeaWeed’s Winter Session video contest, it got to the final 10 shortlist and later to the final 2 videos, going straight to the final, it’s now in-play for the chance of winning the 20,000$ grand prize at the end of the winter, fingers crossed!
Late last year, Nazaré was maxing out Gigantic in what later became known as “The Big Thursday”. Our goal, when we first launched our company one year before, was to be the first drone team ever to shoot a water monster in Nazaré with a drone. We got the shot! We were working with our friend Sebastian Steudtner during that Thursday, and Sebastian won the XXL Biggest Wave Award with a wave caught that same day, cheers to him!
We released a single frame of that footage that was featured on the WSL Big Wave Awards, it went viral on the World Surf League’s Facebook and caught the attention of our friends at 72&Sunny, they were producing the latest WSL/Samsung’s Surf comercial, and that drone angle of the “beast” is now part of what’s considered by many as the greatest Surf Comercial of all time: “We are Greater than I” summing up 5 million views and counting.
It’s been a busy year concerning waves and drone experimentation, and it’s not all about Stand up Surf, some of the best sessions we had the privilege to shoot, were probably with professional Bodyboarder Tó Cardoso, we call him our “boogie connection”. He is surely one of the most hardcore riders of our times, a real waterman and an innovator. One good example is his latest clip: 100% drone footage edited by Semiótica Produções, “From Above” is something that we’re really thrilled to be part of.
We spent 90% of 2015 flying above water, but once in a while we like to get dirty, mud dirty… And one of those times was a day well spent with Helder Rodrigues and his mates from Yamaha Racing Team during their preparations for the Dakar Rally, resulting on a killer edit by our french friends at Studio-Ivy. This is something we want to do more of in 2016, after all, we can’t get waves every single day.
___2015 was great in many ways for Máquina Voadora, but its was not all fun and games. There were also some bad moments, we lost a few drones in combat… but when we went down we tried at least to go down in style:
There’s many other projects we had the pleasure to be involved in like the WSL’s WQS in Cascais or the WCT in Peniche, as well as several projects with our mates at Boa Onda Produções including the Capitulo Perfeito event, a lot of cool News Report missions with our friends at TVI (TV Station), a crazy Red Bull mission in Ericeira with Nuno Dias, a few Documentary Movies that are still to be launched, an ongoing project with bodyboarder and hardcore adventurer Francisco Horta still rolling, among many others.
Thank you to all the amazing people we had the pleasure to work with. 2015 It’s been great… from above!
After a 24 hour exclusive launch on the iconic Surfer Magazine, our latest clip “That Day in Naza” is now available to the rest of the world:
That Day in Naza
Few days ago, and before the last big swell, all Portuguese Coast was dead boring flat, well… all except one place. That day in Naza started with a phone call, 100 miles down the road and a crew with no expectations.
We’ve been working with pro-surfer Pedro Boonman for a while now, mostly doing experimental drone angles and exploring possibilities from the air during his free surf sessions, he’s the kind of guy that is always up for a challenge and we like that, one time he even jumped from a cliff because we thought it would give a nice drone shot (it sucked).
This clip features some of our new angles, unfortunately we missed Boonman’s best waves during this session, but next time there’s a flat forecast, we’ll be there. After all Naza is not just about Giants.
Special thanks to all the people of Nazaré and the local crew in Praia do Norte.
In association with the Surfer: Pedro Boonman (facebook.com/pedroboonman)
Music: The Jungle Giants – Every Kind of Way. (Buy Song on iTunes: itun.es/pt/G2fm6)
Additional Water Footage (and a phone call): Hélio António Photography
Created in partnership with the World Surf League, this story takes us through the mind of the whole surfing community. It shows how we are all connected, intrinsically co-dependent, and tied together for better and for worse.
The film features pro surfers Gabriel Medina, Mick Fanning, Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Manuel and Sebastian Steudtner, along with a combination of individuals, who define what surfing is and will be.
Máquina Voadora was envolved in this project providing historic footage of Sebastian Steudtner (XXL Big Wave Award winner in 2010 and 2015) in what was the first ever Giant Wave filmed by a drone, the footage was gathered during the mythical “Big Thursday” in December 2014 under very extreme conditions, the footage was edited in post-production by 72&Sunny to insert a jetski in the motion.
Imagens Aéreas com drones, somos especializados em action sports, ambientes aquáticos e condições extremas // Aerial Footage with multirotor drones, we’re specialised in action sports, water environments and extreme conditions.